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Milton Keynes South MP campaigns for sufferers of Fibromyalgia

Sunday 19 September 2010

Neil Harbey & Ali Burbidge sharing their experiences with Iain Stewart
Neil Harbey & Ali Burbidge sharing their experiences
with Iain Stewart

From AboutMyArea:

Milton Keynes South MP campaigns for sufferers of Fibromyalgia

Author: Jinmi Macaulay
Published: 13th September 2010 15:54

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, heard the painful experiences of sufferers of Fibromyalgia at a barbecue organised to raise awareness of the condition.

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Chronic headaches, muscles and joint aches as well as morning stiffness are some of the symptoms that the 2% of the population who are sufferers experience.

Mr Stewart said: "It appears that not enough is known about this medical condition as such sufferers suffer in silence without receiving adequate support. I am very pleased that an active support group, led by Ali Burbidge, is available to lend a listening ear and properly signpost sufferers".

"When speaking to members of the group, one shared his experience with me that he suffered for a length of time because his GP wasn't familiar with the condition. It took a chance appointment with another GP for the condition to be diagnosed".

Ali Burbidge, Leader of Fibromyalgia MK, said: "Our campaign has received such a boost by our local MP coming to hear our story. People often think that this illness is all in our head but it isn't. I know that there are many more sufferers out there who do not know where to go to for support and I would encourage them to please make contact as they no longer need to suffer in silence".

The article originally appeared here.


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